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In need of offensive weapons, Harbaugh still hoping Perriman can emerge as No. 1 WR

In need of offensive weapons, Harbaugh still hoping Perriman can emerge as No. 1 WR

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Tuesday that he still envisions a high ceiling for second-year receiver Breshad Perriman, whose career has yet to live up to his first-round draft status.

Perriman, whose entire rookie season was lost to injury, played in 16 games this season and finished with 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns. Perriman showed flashes of his speed, turning a short catch into a 53-yard touchdown against the Dolphins.

But Perriman's season was also characterized by dropped passes, route-running issues and timing problems with quarterback Joe Flacco. And neither offensive coordinator in 2016 — the fired Marc Trestman and then Marty Mornhinweg — did much to stretch the field with Perriman, rarely sending the speedster deep on straight fly patterns, which was considered a key part of his skill set.

With the retirement of Steve Smith Sr., the Ravens will need more than just two catches and about 31 yards a game -- roughly his 2016 averages -- from their 2015 first-round draft pick.

Still, the Ravens have high hopes for Perriman.

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When asked at his season-ending news conference whether Perriman could become a No. 1 receiver, Harbaugh said, "I sure hope that Breshad Perriman becomes a true No. 1," noting that there are maybe "10 at the most" in the league.

 "To me, there are signs that is possible," Harbaugh said. "But he has a ways to go. He has a lot of work to do to get it done. You see the radius and you see the speed, and I think you see that here is a guy who has a chance.

"Now, he has to refine his route-running, he has to refine his hands, his catching, and just become an all-around really good receiver. This is his first year of practicing. He did not even have training camp. To me, there is a lot of upside there.”

Perriman acknowledged as he cleaned out his locker on Monday that he needs to improve his route-running and his chemistry with Flacco.

He said he hopes to do some offseason work with Flacco and also said he will benefit from being fully healthy for an NFL offseason for the first time.

"I think it will be a huge advantage for me," Perriman said. "It is not rehabbing, it is going straight to work, and just working on things I need to get better at. I am looking forward to it.”

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Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Last Thursday, the NFLPA's board of representatives came to a unanimous decision that the entire 2020 NFL preseason should be canceled. In a memo obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the union recommended eliminating the preseason as a way to avoid injuries as well as greater health risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even with the players united on that front, it's unclear what the final decision will be in terms of the preseason. However, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III is hearing that what the NFLPA voted for is going to come to fruition.

Whether or not the preseason should be played is a debatable topic for many. For Griffin, he believes the reasoning for canceling the games that don't officially count comes down to one essential factor: the health of the players.

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While preseason games still bring in money for teams and the league, the quarterback doesn't see that as a reward big enough to ignore the risk of putting players in a situation that could compromise their safety.

The NFL had recently announced that it would be cutting down the preseason to only two games, but it now looks like even further reductions could be made. As for the status of the 2020 regular season, Griffin knows just about as much as everybody else.

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Lamar Jackson cancels 'Funday with LJ' as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida

Lamar Jackson cancels 'Funday with LJ' as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has canceled his third annual 'Funday with LJ' event in South Florida as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area.

The move comes as a surprising one, as the quarterback had promoted the event in recent days, as it was set for July 11-12 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

According to the Baltimore Sun's Jonas Schaffer, Jackson decided to call off the event after more people signed up for the event than city limits allowed. So, rather than turning away people from what was supposed to be a public event, the quarterback decided to cancel the event altogether.

Jackson's event was expected to be a 6-hour outdoor extravaganza featuring go-karts, rock climbing, flag football, water slides and more. The quarterback had previously put in place safety measures in order to hold the event that included requiring adults to wear masks, a limited autograph session and having children sign a waiver form before participating.

While Jackson likely did not want to have to cancel the event, the decision is ultimately a smart one. Broward County, where 'Funday with LJ' was supposed to take place, has reported over 21,000 positive COVID-19 cases as South Florida has become one of the virus hotspots in America. 

By canceling the event, Jackson also limits the potential chance of himself contracting the virus. And with NFL training camp just a few weeks away, that's the safe decision.

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